Child, Youth and Family Development
There is a high need for individuals interested in social work within New Mexico. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow twice as fast as any other occupation. Social workers help people in all stages of life, from children to the elderly, and in situations from adoption to hospice care.
The Child, Youth and Family Development program facilitates the learning of theory and competencies required to work in specific child and family settings, as well as, learning about child development from infancy to adolescence, or the dynamics of family interactions. It also provides a diverse learning model based on student’s interests in the social work field including; child development, family studies, sociology, psychology, and criminal justice.
Students have the opportunity to pursue a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate (LSAA) Licensure or options in meeting the entry level requirements for a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC). The program is designed to transfer to the Bachelors of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) and to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Family Studies Degree, as well as meeting the State of New Mexico general education core requirements. Work environments include government agencies and the private sector, including medical and education systems. CNM is a low cost high quality education option.
Services Offer By Social Services Assistants
- Community based education from parenting to marriage
- Support services from caregiver to hospital personnel and social services
- Providing individual, couples and family counseling services
- Families and individuals dealing with illness or loss of a loved one